The articulation of moderate Islam among muslim students: a case study in State Islamic University of Malang

Afwadzi, Benny and Miski, Miski (2022) The articulation of moderate Islam among muslim students: a case study in State Islamic University of Malang. Presented at International Symposium on Religious Literature and Heritage (ISLAGE 2021), 30 Nov 2021 - 02 Dec 2021, Malang, Indonesia.

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This article aims to explain the articulation of moderate Islam among Muslim students. This research finds its significance in, on the one hand, the existence of previous studies confirming that a myriad of radicalism and terrorism were conducted by students, while, on the other hand, moderate Islamic behavior is regarded as a good solution for preventing radicalism and terrorism. Three aspects appear to be the focus of this research, namely: first, the conception of moderate Islam; second, the approval and rejection of moderate Islam; and third, the factor of the articulation of moderate Islam. This research takes State Islamic University of Malang, Indonesia, as the primary data source by giving unstructured interviews towards 12 of its students coming from different academic backgrounds (natural sciences, social-humanities, and religious sciences). Meanwhile, secondary sources are collected from either books, articles, or other findings concerning topics related to moderate Islam and the act of radicalism among students. The content analysis and critical hermeneutics are the main analysis tools in this research. This study finds that the articulation of moderate Islam has existed among students. In general, students understand the term “moderate Islam” as “the middle position” of Islam that is articulated with a wide variety of arguments. There is a rejection against this terminology among students of social-humanity (psychology), hence contradicts a common opinion stating that students of social-humanity are more preventable from radicalism and terrorism than those who take natural sciences programs. Furthermore, we will elaborate on five main factors leading to the articulation of moderate Islam among Muslim students: first, whether there is an impact of being a moderate Islamic organization member or not; second, the formal and informal education; third, the heterogeneous or homogeneous residential demography in which students live; fourth, the social media accounts followed, and fifth, the literature they read.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: articulation; moderate Islam; natural sciences; social-humanity; religion
Subjects: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Divisions: Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Training > Department of Islamic Education
Depositing User: Benny Afwadzi
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 14:38


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